The release date of actor Prateik’s My Friend Pinto is coming close. But unlike Bollywood films in the recent past, the movie’s promotions seem to be toned down. The is reportedly because the film shows how Prateik’s life changes after his mother dies and there is some murmur that the actor, who is son of late actress Smita Patil, sees a strong resemblance between his character’s story and his own personal life.
An industry insider reveals that the promotional events are been cut down to minimum because Prateik doesn’t want to publicly speak on this sensitive subject repeatedly.
Raghav Dhar, the film’s director, says, "Smitaji passed away when Prateik was just a baby. But in the film, Prateik plays a character whose mother has just passed away. He lives by whatever his mother has told him is right way to live life. That was the only reference."
But did he sketch the character keeping Prateik in mind? "When I started writing the script, I didn’t even know Prateik. But when I was working in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na (2008), I saw him closely and at that point decided that he would be the right person for this part," say Dhar, who worked as an associate director in the Imran Khan-Genelia D’Souza starrer.
Actor Kalki Koechlin plays Prateik’s love interest and My Friend Pinto’s story is inspired by the life of Dhar’s childhood friend. He says, "I had a childhood friend, who was a bit of a geek. His pet name was Pintu and he was a guy at whom everybody laughed. Today, he is a successful."
The film, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV, is supposedly made like a ’80s film, which were about "friendship and childhood memories". Dhar says, "Earlier, films worldwide used to be about simple people. Now we tend to make films on people who are extremely complex and larger-than-life. But life can often be much simpler than that. I just tried to capture that innocence and sweetness of that bygone era in a very contemporary vision." Dhar’s next is Auto Shankar, which will be a thriller.